Rapper Travis Scott is being accused of transphobia after model Amanda Lepore was edited out of his album art.
On Tuesday, July 31, Scott posted the cover art for his forthcoming album, Astroworld, on his Instagram page. The cover art, shot by celebrity photographer David LaChapelle, features a group of mostly nude women suggestively posing in a carnival setting.
Lepore reposted a version of the picture that included her and pointed out the omission. In this version, Lepore is on the bottom left side of the photo bending over suggestively in front of a laser.
It was great being part of @david_lachapelle s incredible photograph of @travisscott s albulm cover but I’m curious why I’m not on the picture @travisscott posted 💋❤️💄 #amandalepore #glamourgirl A girl can’t help it❗️Too distracting for the eyes ❗️Upstaged everyone in the photograph ❗️Oh well........... I love @david_lachapelle and @travisscott ❗️Love and kisses 💋❤️💄
Others began to accuse Scott of being transphobic.
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Hi transphobia! I just saw transphobia gurl!— Aquaria (@aquariaofficial) August 1, 2018
Non-famous folks also weighed in.
Travis Scott getting Amanda Lepore photoshopped out of the final cover photo for Astroworld because he's transphobic? Pretends to be shocked.— BRIANA 🎬🖤👽🇫🇷 (@briasoboojie) August 1, 2018
Imagine if Travis Scott actually kept Amanda Lepore in the album cover, ppl would probably be championing him for being inclusive. Hell people probably wouldn’t have even noticed.— watch yo fingers, bootyhole man 🦕 ™ (@yungsnoozebttn) August 1, 2018
Instead he does this.
I will absolutely not buy that Travis Scott didn’t know Amanda Lepore is a trans woman til after the fact. She’s damn near as famous as he is. He got some blowback and caved to the transphobia like a flop!— Phillip Henry (@MajorPhilebrity) August 2, 2018
Travis Scott lame as hell for editing Amanda lepore off his album cover.— trestley (@troiwarren) August 2, 2018
y’all don’t see the problem w travis scott removing amanda lepore from the cover art because she’s trans but if another artist removed a black person from a piece because they’re black it would be pitchforks and torches discrimination is discrimination losers— G (@GNVZT) August 2, 2018
LaChapelle spoke out in defense of Scott in the comment section of his Instagram page, reports Yahoo.
“Amanda was taken out because she just upstaged every one lol she is in my books and heart, and she knows the T,” he told one commenter.
At the end of the day, Miss Amanda ain't pressed.
"A girl can't help it! I'm too distracting for the eyes! I upstaged everyone in the photograph!" she told TMZ.
Scott has been silent, so far.
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